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Police fire on car in Paris, killing two

knife wielding man shot dead by police at gare du nord station in paris
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French police shot dead two men in a car that drove at them after failing to stop for a check in central Paris, the public prosecutor’s office said on Monday.

A third man in the car was wounded.

The shooting took place overnight after Emmanuel Macron was re-elected for a second term as French president on Sunday evening, but there was no immediate indication that the incident was tied to the election or to militant activity.

Police had initially spotted the car driving the wrong way on the Pont Neuf bridge in central Paris and tried to stop it to make checks. They opened fire when the car drove at them.

The driver and a passenger in the front seats, aged 25 and 31, were killed and while a third man, aged 42, seated in the back of the car, was wounded.

The Paris police department was investigating the incident as a case of attempted manslaughter of public authorties. The IGPN police watchdog questioned the officer believed to have carried out the shooting early on Monday.

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